Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)

The Definitive Guide to Marmot Control and Where to Find a
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The Marmot (Marmota flaviventris), a member of the squirrel family, is also known as the “rockchuck” or “whistle pig.” Marmots are rodents and are the largest member of the squirrel family. They look like an overgrown ground squirrel with a yellow-tan belly. Males can weigh as much as 11 pounds.

Marmots live among rocks where they can find and build burrows. Luckily, they do not indiscriminately dig burrows in open ground like their eastern "woodchuck" cousins.


Yellow-bellied marmots range from southwestern Canada throughout the western United States.

Damage Caused by Marmots

Marmots will eat any tender, green plants but especially love succulent vegetables. They are voracious and a few marmots can strip a vegetable garden in a few nights. Marmot damage is unique in that they eat plants to the ground, giving them a "mowed" look. Other pests tend to be selective in what they eat.

Marmots provide little direct benefit to the homeowner. Damage from marmots comes directly as a result of their tendency to raid the garden and eat anything that looks like a plant, including the lawn.

Control Methods

(check local regulations concerning Animal Control methods allowed in your Area)

Live traps, baited with succulent leaves or sprigs of clover, can be used to capture marmots, which then can be moved to a more suitable habitat. To keep the pests from returning, relocate them to a place at least five miles away.

If the marmots are not too numerous, you can keep them from damaging precious plants by planting an attractive feeding spot close to the den. Given their preference, marmots will eat succulent clover over most other types of plants, so a plot of red or white pasture clover would be a good choice for your "marmot garden".

Placing a marmot fence around choice vegetation can be a good alternative, but the job must be done right. Marmots excel at both digging and climbing. The fence must made of mesh wire, and be at least 4 feet tall and preferably bowed outward at the top. The bottom must be buried 12 to 18 inches into the ground; if possible, the underground portion of the fence should jut outward to form "L" that will make it harder for the marmot to dig underneath. In reality, fences are of questionable value in keeping marmots at bay. One exception to this is the use of electrified fencing with multiple wires spaced from just above ground level to about 2 feet up.

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